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Gender: Female Pronunciation: KEER-a Meaning of Keira: "little dark one" Origin of Keira: Irish Keira's Popularity in 2017: #331

The name Keira is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "little dark one". Keira is ranked #331 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Girl Baby Names Moving Up Fast and discussed in our forums with posts like "AB, BC, CD, DE, EF, FG, GH....GIRLS".

From the experts:

Keira is an attractive girls’ name that's gotten a huge boost from the meteoric rise of Keira Knightley. Original spelling Kiera, which relates more directly to the male Kieran, was the more popular form until the rise of Keira Knightley reversed the order. Both are Anglicized versions of the Irish Ciara.

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Famous People Named Keira

Keira Christina Knightley, English actress
Keira Lucchesi, Scottish actress
Keira Nazja Pena, American child actress
Keira Walsh, English footballer
Keira Malik, British actress; daughter of actor Art Malik
Keira Sly, daughter of singer Tony Sly of No Use for a Name
Keira Magee (b. 2010), daughter of soccer player Mike Magee
Keira de Leon Jones (b. 2010), daughter of singers Kathleen de Leon and Daniel Jones of Savage Garden
Keira Grace Peck (b. 2012), daughter of actors Austin Peck and Terri Conn
Keira Travis, daughter of youtubers 'itsjudyslife' and "benjimantv"

Pop Culture References for the name Keira

Keira Hagai, character from the Jak and Daxter video game franchise by Naughty Dog.
Keira Metz, character in the Witcher franchise

Kearia, Keiarah, Keiara, Keera, Keiarra, Keara, Keira, Keerra, Kearra, Kera, Keaira, Kearah


headintheclouds Says:


Thanks to Keira Knightley, this spelling variant that was actually spelled wrong on her birth certificate feels like the official one to me, instead of Kiera which looks like the misspelled version in my unconscious mind now! :b Both spellings are equally nice though, and I really like how peppy and feisty + short and sweet this name sounds. This is a fun and wonderful Irish girl name choice.

irishdancer428 Says:


I personally like the traditional Ciara better :)

TheSlothPrincess Says:


Normally I don't like alternative spellings, but I would choose this over Kiera because I would worry about it being mispronounced kee-air-uh.

pixelatedinfants Says:


My best friend is named Kiera. She despises this spelling because it's not grammatically correct. But her spelling could be mispronounced Kee-ahr-a

Yessica Says:


Is this pronounced like Kira?
I don't like it and the amount of people I know with this name.

Beth Says:


Quite love this name!

peppermintkitten Says:


This name is really pretty.

jordalini Says:


I love Keira Knightley movies.. but spelling a name incorrectly because of an actress really bothers me.

Keira Knecht Says:


nope. "Dark-haired"

HollyMaxSpencer Says:


It means "little dark one"